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Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Summer weather might mean fun in the sun, but that fun comes at a price as gas prices in the Truckee Meadows––and Sparks in particular––have jumped above the $4 range in the past month.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Summer weather might mean fun in the sun, but that fun comes at a price as gas prices in the Truckee Meadows––and Sparks in particular––have jumped above the $4 range in the past month.
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Fuel prices jump statewide, northern Nevada hit hard
by Garrett Valenzuela
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Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Summer weather might mean fun in the sun, but that fun comes at a price as gas prices in the Truckee Meadows––and Sparks in particular––have jumped above the $4 range in the past month.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Summer weather might mean fun in the sun, but that fun comes at a price as gas prices in the Truckee Meadows––and Sparks in particular––have jumped above the $4 range in the past month.
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Gas prices in Nevada have begun to uptick during the past month, most noticeably in northern Nevada where prices have reached the $4 per gallon mark and have gone as low as $3.83 per gallon in parts of Sparks, according to statistics from GasBuddy.com and AAA Insurance. Sparks and Reno fueling stations receive gas from northern California refineries and prices in the Bay Area, and other portions of northern California, are up 14 cents per gallon in the past month. AAA Insurance spokesperson Bob Brown said this was expected as the weather began to turn from a chilly spring to a promising summer. “There is a reason why we typically see gas prices rise as the weather becomes warmer. Each spring, refiners must start producing their summer-blend gasoline by May 1, and that process is well underway,” Brown said. “Additional additives are put into to the gasoline to make it burn properly, so that it will meet clean-air standards. The cost of those additives is passed on to the consumer.” The Shell fueling station on the corner of Sparks Boulevard and Lincoln Way registered the highest price on Friday at $4.19 per gallon and the Maverik station on E. Prater Way and Marina Gateway was lowest at $3.83 per gallon. Nevada’s statewide average was $3.69 Friday, $3.65 per gallon one week ago and $3.54 per gallon one month ago. While prices have been slowly climbing for a month the uptick began rapidly increasing in early April, which is also when the national average hit $3.59 per gallon. The national average has risen to $3.62 marking the highest price in nearly six months, according to AAA Insurance, and it has continued to rise daily for more than 20 days. However, the national average remains the same as one year ago and Brown said it can be due to other causes than simply switching to the warmer-weather blend of fuel. “Seasonal refinery maintenance has also helped to push up the pump price,” he said. “However, there is good news. Many refineries in the United States have come out of their seasonal maintenance cycles, lessening the impact of restricted output due to maintenance. That said, demand for gasoline was at a three-month high in the United States just two weeks ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This higher demand has continued to breathe life into the upward trend in pump prices.” The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported prices for regular gasoline on the west coast (minus California) in May of 2013 at $3.74 and at $4.05 in 2012. June, July and August registered about $3.70 or more with the highest being $3.75 before numbers tapered off in August. The same EIA index was used to track prices on the west coast each year dating back to 2000 showing the lowest price at $1.37 in 2003. Those numbers jumped above $3 in 2008 followed by two years below that mark before returning above, and remaining to the present day, $3.50 in 2011.
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Planning Commission approves 115 more acres in Kiley Ranch
by Garrett Valenzuela
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Tribune graphic -- Phase 6 of Kiley Ranch North planned development moved forward Thursday evening as the Sparks Planning Commission approved its final handbook. Representatives for the developer, Rising Tides LLC, said interest has already been expressed in planned residential units.
Tribune graphic -- Phase 6 of Kiley Ranch North planned development moved forward Thursday evening as the Sparks Planning Commission approved its final handbook. Representatives for the developer, Rising Tides LLC, said interest has already been expressed in planned residential units.
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The Sparks Planning Commission approved a final planned development handbook for Phase 6 of the Kiley Ranch North housing district on the northeast corner of Kiley and Henry Orr parkways, a phase that totals more than 115 acres in Sparks. The planning commission has reviewed and approved Kiley Ranch North, a total of 834.5 acres of planned development, in increment phases after approving its tentative handbook the land use amendment from Open Space to a bevy of uses ranging from Low-Medium Residential to High Residential. The land use also permits Neighborhood Commercial, Village Center, Business Park and Neighborhood Park segments for building. Ultimately, the Sparks City Council will vote on a rezoning ordinance to classify Phase 6 for the New Urban District on April 28. According to Realtor.com, an official website of the National Association of Realtors, the average home price in Kiley Ranch North is $210,000. The average home price per square foot in Kiley Ranch North is $120 and about 1 percent of all homes in Kiley Ranch North sold in the last six months. The listings and properties in Kiley Ranch North, according to the website, are only a part of the 38,904 properties and 537 homes for sale in Sparks. Because of this, the average home price and average home value of Kiley Ranch North also influences the average home price $177,795 and average sale price $215,049 of Sparks. The website also specified that "100 percent" of Kiley Ranch North had new listings. The final development handbook approved by the commission for Phase 6 states it will create "human-scale environments in which the individual can feel both comfortable and safe." Phase 6 is surrounded by dedicated open space to the east, planned single family and public facilities to the north, planned residential and potential commercial to the west and an existing development within the Kiley Ranch Southern Development Division to the south. The overall master plan for the Kiley Ranch development shows about 317 acres of residential use, permitting more than 3,900 total units. Those numbers are coupled with about 160 acres of commercial use, about 126 acres of office/business park use, about 12 acres of public facilities (public parks, schools) and about 117 acres of open space. The total project also includes more than 93 acres of roadways. The Sparks Planning Commission took another step in the city's medical marijuana dispensaries issue by approving an ordinance amendment to Title 20 of the Sparks municipal Code, which will provide zoning authorization for such dispensaries. Final regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries were handed down from the state offices at the beginning of April and those offices will begin a process to accept applications for registration certifications for medical marijuana establishments sometime this summer. City of Sparks planning staff members deliberated a few changes to the original amendment, which covered the distance a medical marijuana dispensary is required to be from the three main intersections in the Sparks industrial area and the amount of patient-access space that is allowed inside the dispensary. Senior Planner Karen Melby said any medical marijuana dispensary will need its public access point to be readily visible from the arterial road it is situated on and it is required to be 1,000 feet from the intersection, which in this case limits to the center of Rock and McCarran boulevards, Greg Street and Glendale Avenue and McCarran Boulevard and Glendale Avenue. The 1,000 feet from the intersection was boosted from 500 feet after deliberation by the commission and city staff. The amendment also includes a provision in which a dispensary can allow up to 2,500 square feet of patient-access space within a facility. The number was changed from 1,000 square feet in the original report before the commission. The amendment to Title 20 will now go before the Sparks City Council and will require first and second readings, the second of which is open for public comment, before being fully enforced in the Municipal Code.
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April 18, 2014
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April 18, 2014
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